EA's Medal of Honor may have only been out for a few weeks, but it has already managed to clock up an impressive 2 million units in sales. The megapublisher shows no sign of letting these players go without DLC, either. Two new DLC packs launched this week--Clean Sweep and Hot Zone. The former is free, and the latter costs 800 MS points on the Xbox 360 and $9.99 on the PS3 and PC. We got to play both game types at a recent EA London preview event to find out what's included in the packs and how they play online.
Multiplayer producer Patrick Liu was on hand to talk us through the new additions. Clean Sweep is a new mode where death means you have to wait until the next round to respawn. This means that battles are tense and fraught, and developer Dice has had to come up with a way to combat campers. The solution is that if players stay still for too long, their location will be shown to the rest of the players on the map. This mode includes two new maps--Bagram Hanger and Khyler Caves--as well as repurposed versions of existing maps, Shaikhot Base and Helmand Valley Base.
Hot Zone is for all intents and purposes the old king-of-the-hill mode, where both teams have to try to hold a single position the longest. This made for some intense battles when we played, with a concentrated area of gunfire and rockets bombarding the capture zones. This pack includes a couple of new maps in the form of Hindukush Pass and Korengal Outpost and again tweaks existing maps, Shahikot Mountains and Helmand Valley, to accommodate the new game mode.
It's interesting that one of these modes is being charged for, while the other isn't, but it's good to see substantial new DLC being offered for free either way. Liu claims that Dice is going to keep supporting the game, with more patches on the way. On the consoles, Liu claims that a lot of fixes are being made on the server side to improve online performance, while on the PC, some maps have been tweaked to combat spawn camping, while the sniper rifle is being tweaked because it was too powerful. We'll keep an eye out for more Medal of Honor downloadable content, but in the meantime, you can find both Clean Sweep and Hot Zone available online now.